Boris Johnson says Britons fatter than most Europeans, feels tackling obesity key to fighting diseases like Covid

The pandemic has persuaded Johnson of the need to address obesity as a major health issue.

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Johnson argued it is not “easy” for politicians to solve obesity but said he would be going through the arguments “carefully” on any government interventions that could follow.
By Tim Ross

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ditching his libertarian instincts and considering state interventions to tackle the U.K.’s high obesity levels.

The coronavirus crisis has persuaded Johnson that ministers have a duty to address excess weight as a major health issue, he told Times Radio on Monday.


The prime minister has previously railed against “nanny state” interventions in the lives of ordinary people, but his - and the nation’s - battle with coronavirus has changed his views. He described how he lost weight while in intensive care with Covid-19 in April, and said he would be considering how to address the nation’s poor record on obesity.

“I have taken a very libertarian stance on obesity,” Johnson said. “But actually when you look at the numbers, when you look at the pressure on the NHS, compare, I’m afraid, this wonderful country of ours to other European countries, we are significantly fatter than most.”

Johnson argued it is not “easy” for politicians to solve obesity but said he would be going through the arguments “carefully” on any government interventions that could follow. He declined to comment directly on whether measures would include taxes on sugar or different treatments.
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“We will be happier and fitter and more resistant to diseases like Covid if we can tackle obesity,” he said. “We certainly must have a care for the health of our population.”

The pandemic, which has killed more than 43,000 people in the U.K., “has been a disaster, an absolute nightmare for the country,” Johnson said, pledging to learn the lessons from failings in the government’s response.

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Ever since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, several celebrities - actors, singers and politicians - across the world have been diagnosed with the infectious disease. Many of them took to social media to share updates about their health with fans.

We have prepared a comprehensive list of all the famous personalities who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

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Only a day after Shaza testing positive, her actor-sister Zoa also tested positive, according to family sources. Shaza, who had returned from Sri Lanka in the first week of March, showed no symptoms but was admitted to Nanavati Hospital.

According to sources, Zoa, who had returned from Rajasthan around mid-March, tested positive for Covid-19.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus on March 27.

"Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," Johnson said. "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus."

Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital across the River Thames from the House of Commons late on Sunday after suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperature and a cough, for more than 10 days.

His condition rapidly deteriorated over the next 24 hours, and he was moved to an intensive care unit - where the most serious cases are treated. Although he had received oxygen, his office said he was still conscious.

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The ‘Forrest Gump’ actor was the first Hollywood A-lister to come out in the open and share his diagnoses with the world. The 63-year-old Hanks, who has Type 2 diabetes,, took to Instagram last Wednesday to share that he and his wife Rita Wilson had tested positive for the contagious disease while shooting for an Elvis Presley film in Australia.

"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," Hanks wrote. "Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive”, he added.

The announcement sent shockwaves through social media and several fans expressed their concerns over the well-being of the actor.

Late Monday night their son Chet confirmed Hanks and Wilson left the hospital five days after they were admitted. The actor recently shared a photo of a corona typewriter on Instagram on Tuesday and said his symptoms have remained stable.

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Right after Tom Hanks’s self-isolation news, it was revealed that actor Idris Elba, too, was on the Covid-19 radar. The ‘Luther’ actor shared that he, too, had tested positive. For the unversed, Elba is known for his roles in HBO series ‘The Wire’ and is also a well-known DJ, rapper and singer.

The high-profile celebrity tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. Elba tweeted that he had no symptoms so far and has been isolated since Friday when he found out about his possible exposure. He says he sought out the test after discovering he had come into contact with someone who had been diagnosed with the virus.

Elba’s announcement was also followed by a furor on social media, with fans expressing concerns for the well-being of the English actor.

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It seems like winter (the metaphorical one) has come for the ‘Game of Thrones’ star Kristofer Hivju as he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Hours after Elba’s announcement, Hivju, who is known for playing the role of Tormund Giantsbane on the hit show, took to Instagram to share the rather sad news with his fans.

Hivju told his fans that he is currently in Norway and is self-isolating. Talking about his symptoms, he wrote, "We are in good health - I only have mild symptoms of a cold."

"There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1.5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading."

Several fans sent their thoughts and prayers, hoping for Hivju’s speedy recovery.

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‘Frozen 2’ actor Rachel Matthews, who voices Honey Maren in the 2019 Disney animated film, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The actor told her Instagram followers that she has been in quarantine for the past week.

"Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine since last week. Unsure of what the next step is (been getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but obviously will remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise. I'm feeling better but I will be posting some info that I hope will be helpful to some."

The 26-year-old, however, took the opportunity to spread awareness about the disease and shared a list of her symptoms.

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Former television host, philanthropist and wife of the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19. She was one of the first people from the world of politics to contract the deadly disease.

The announcement of her testing came only a few days after her trip to London where she had posed for pictures with celebrities like Idris Elba and Lewis Hamilton. Sophie had attended WE Day 2020 at London on March 4. Once she was back in Canada, she developed symptoms that included a fever and mild flu.

Sophie’s diagnosis was particularly concerning, because at the event, she had spoken to some 18,000 young people on the stage and had contact with several of the event’s high-profile speakers.

Following the announcement, the PM announced that he had decided to self isolate for 14 days and would be running the country while working from home.

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Iraj Harirchi, the head of the Iranian counter-coronavirus taskforce, found himself at the receiving end when he was diagnosed with COVID-19 after allegedly downplaying the severity of the outbreak. The Iranian politician had strongly denied the possibilities of a ‘cover-up’ by the authorities.

Not just Harirchi, but several other Iranian officials, too, have tested positive and have been isolated. At least two are also feared to have died due to the virus.

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